A review of all the major football talking points for you to reflect on this month

Fans questions we want more?

It's YOUR VOICE that we are concerned to get across in an informed, robust but constructive way and in June this year we will USE these questions to start a major campaign.

As we said previously supporter surveying needs to be fan-driven otherwise change will not happen so please get your questions to us.

That's only one example of why it really matters that Scotland has a national fans body that is run for and by fans in Scotland, and is fully accountable and financed in Scotland.
As of today we welcome ANYBODY with an interest in our game to submit questions for consideration. We will be employing a professional academic led business to really see what fans feel. SEND QUESTIONS TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS: questions@scottishfsa.org


Scotland in Europe

The European Football Fans Congress (#EFFC) of FSE takes place every second year and is the biggest gathering of football fans of its kind - the only event where they can regularly exchange views with decision-makers and stakeholders of international football. #EFFC2017 will be hosted from 6 to 9 July 2017 by supporters of the rival teams of Gent and Lokeren, the Supportersfederatie Gent and Front 282 Lokeren, with the support of the national umbrella organisation Belgian Supporters, KSC Lokeren, KAA Gent and Voetbal in der Stad.
As Scotland's representatives at Football Supporters Europe will play a leading part in this event and invite ANY of our members to attend the event with us. Get in touch with us if you want more information.

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Aberdeen FC steps on board in China

It is a long way to go to try and build your brand but hats off to the Dons who are going to China to do just that at a major football event there. The organisers said," We are delighted to announce that Scottish Premiership club Aberdeen F.C. will participate at the World Football Forum in Changsha. Every year WFF gathers clubs and opinion leaders from all around the world. Aberdeen F.C – which has performed at the top flight of Scottish football for over 100 years, having never been relegated from the top division – will join a host of clubs and brands in the WFF exhibition and we look forward to hearing from them on the Forum platform!" 

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Mental Health - football has a very serious role to play

More needs to happen in football both at the elite level and at grassroots to use the positives that our game can bring to help individuals with mental Health issues
Two-thirds of British adults say they have experienced mental ill-health at some point in their lives, according to a survey.
The World Health Organisation says one in four people globally are affected by problems such as depression or panic attacks at some point. Research published by the Mental Health Foundation on Monday suggests that the prevalence is far wider in the UK. 

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More revelations anticipated in betting scandal

We were the first organisation to comment on the fact that this is a serious issue with many facets that need examined. With the five largest available sponsorships in Scottish Football all being held by betting companies we don't think it is a healthy situation. We also know that betting is rife in our game and these views have been echoed by players, managers and coaches. Apart form punishing past misdemeanours no thought as to how this should be approached in the future has been suggested by the football authorities. We know there are further revelations anticipated and we will continue to have concerned watching brief on how this evolves.

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Multi club ownership - could it happen here?

 Multi-club ownership has gained an increased profile with City Football Group’s (CFG) recent addition of Atlético Torque (Uruguay) to their portfolio, while Atlético de Madrid have invested in Atlético San Luis (Mexico) and AS Monaco have agreed to acquire Cercle Brugge KSV (Belgium). But is it the pathway to financial profit? As the gulf between large (rich) and small (poorer) gets wider and with virtually all clubs in Scotland being available for sale it could easily happen here.

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SFSA Board Meeting

This will be held on 25th May in Glasgow if you would like to attend as an observer or to raise any item for the agenda please get in touch by 18th May.